Pilgrimage to Poland: Part 3 – Przemyśl

In Part 3 of the pilgrimage story, Felician Sisters visit Przemysl.

After receiving a personal invitation from Provincial Superior Sister Mary Amadeus Pacławska, the pilgrims made their way to Przemyśl, where they received a warm and joyful welcome.

Przemyśl is a city that suffered greatly under communist rule. When the city was given to the Soviet Union after World War II, the Sisters lost everything. At the time, the Kraków province had a house in Przemyśl, a boarding school for girls. This was given to the Sisters as their new motherhouse and the Przemyśl province was established.

During their much-too-short stay in Przemyśl, the Sisters had the opportunity to tour the classrooms of the school, the same ones Blessed Mary Angela once visited. The children were eager to share songs and dances with them and show off the English that they knew.

The Sisters also visited the infirmary, novitiate, and gardens, and spend some time getting to know their Sisters of the Przemyśl province. Sister Desiré described the experience, saying, “Everywhere, we felt a unity with our sisters. We are one family. We are all daughters of Mother Angela.”

Before departing, Sister Bakhita made a promise and a challenge. “I will be speaking fluent Polish by my silver jubilee,” she said. “I hope you will be speaking fluent English.”

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Serving where needed since 1874

Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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